Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has dismissed early succession politics within the Kenya Kwanza Alliance, particularly discussions that some politicians are pushing for his exclusion in the 2027 polls. Gachagua, during an interdenominational service at Iten Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet County, emphasized his dedication to serving as the principal assistant to President William Ruto and stated his reluctance to engage in premature succession politics.

This response comes after Kenya Kwanza MPs suggested Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro as a potential replacement for Gachagua in the 2027 General Election, causing internal conflicts within the ruling UDA party. Gachagua, addressing his critics, affirmed his focus on delivering his responsibilities as the Deputy President and criticized those engaging in succession debates, urging leaders to concentrate on service delivery and address the economic challenges faced by Kenyans.

He reiterated his commitment to assisting President Ruto in achieving his agenda for the country, stating, “I will not be dissuaded into engaging in unnecessary and uncalled-for succession politics. What they (politicians) do not seem to understand is that I do not mix issues and I always remain focused on one item and ensure I deliver on it. For now, it is delivering as the Deputy President. Nothing else.”

The Deputy President spoke at the burial of Philip Tonui, the father of Bomet Senator Hillary Sigei, in Kapsio village, Bomet County. Cabinet Secretaries Kipchumba Murkomen, Florence Bore, and Davis Chirchir, present at the event, defended Gachagua against attacks by Members of Parliament, emphasizing his role as a dependable pillar for President Ruto.

Leaders, including Nandi Senator Kiprotich Cherarkey and Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot, expressed their support for Gachagua, recognizing his allegiance to President Ruto.

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